Re: bzip2 for source packages?
Michael Alan Dorman <email@example.com> writes:
> James Troup <J.J.Troup@scm.brad.ac.uk> writes:
> > Michael Alan Dorman <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> > > Might I suggest that using it for source packaging would be
> > > appropriate, though?
> > By recompressing things in bzip2, you lose the ability to use pristine
> > upstream source (since the vast majority of source stills comes in
> > .tar.gz form).
> That's a good point, one I hadn't thought of.
What about pristine upstream sources that use bzip2?
They aren't common, but I already seen some sources as bzip2.
> > Having said that, I'm a lot less opposed to this idea than I am to the
> > idea of using bzip2 for debs.
> Well, perhaps it would be nice to have it as an option for things
> where either we can't use pristine source anyway, or those rare, but
> often meaningful, occasions where it's supported upstream (linux
> kernel, maybe xfree one day...).
> Besides, considering the glacial pace of dpkg development, you won't
> have to take a decided stance any time soon. :-)
If gzip is made to recognise bzip2 it wouldnt need any change in any
other programm. The dpkg would directly work with it.
May the Source be with you.
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